Growing Your Family: What to Expect

What's Best for Baby's Health and Yours?

Numerous studies have found that getting pregnant less than 18 months or more than 59 months after a previous birth puts you at a significantly higher risk of delivering prematurely or having a low-birth weight newborn.

What about your health?
Less than six months between pregnancies can mean a higher risk for uterine rupture (if you're going for a vaginal birth after cesarean) and placental problems, as well as a risk for anemia. But spacing pregnancies more than five years apart may increase your risk for preeclampsia or difficult labor.

Originally published in the March 2010 issue of American Baby magazine.

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